Author Interview: Marian Allen

*I am very pleased to include an interview from Marian Allen on my blog.  Marian is the co-founder of Per Bastet Publications and is also an esteemed member of the Southern Indiana Writers’ group.  Please be sure to check out some of her work.


1)  How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a writer?

I was always a writer. I think I was about three or four when I learned that writing was what I was doing, and that it could be a career.


2)  Who are your favorite authors? (Please limit your answer to five or ten.)

Not counting people I know personally:

Charles Dickens

Maureen McHugh

Kim Stanley Robinson

Connie Willis

Jerome K. Jerome

Ursula K. LeGuin


3)  What are your greatest sources of inspiration?

Fairy tales, the Bible (gotta tell the truth, right?), and “ordinary” life.


4)  What genre(s) do you write?

Mostly fantasy, science fiction, and mystery, but I write some horror, some romance, some mainstream/literary.


5)  Do you have any current or future projects?

I’m currently working on revising a couple of previously published novels, organizing several short story collections, and looking forward to completing three or four books in a comic mystery series I started during various NaNoWriMos.


6)  Do you have an author website?

I do. My website is my blog, which has pages for each of my books and for the anthologies in which I have short stories, with excerpts from each.


7)  Do you have any blogs?

My blog/website is Marian Allen, Author Lady. I blog there every day. Every. Day.


8)  Where can people find your work?  (to purchase or just to read)

I recommend they go to my blog/website. There are buy links as well as excerpts, and quite a few free reads there.


9)  If you could just feature one title, what would it be? 

Oh, gosh! Let’s say A DEAD GUY AT THE SUMMERHOUSE, because that one is available electronically, in print, and in audio.


10)  Do you have any pseudonyms?

Nope. Just me.


11) Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

Reading, cooking, and eating. And Dragon’s Milk imperial stout.


12)  Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I don’t know how interesting it is to anybody but me, but I hunt morel mushrooms in our woods every spring.


13)  Is there anything else you would like to share?

Writing isn’t what you do; it’s who you are. Humans are story tellers by nature. We tell each other stories all the time, every day; we narrate reality to one another with dialog, whether we’re reporting to our boss how we fixed a problem, telling our husband about how what that ink pen he left in his shirt pocket put black splotches on the sheets, telling a new friend what a funny time we had with an established friend when we were young – we’re always telling stories. Fiction writers just tell the same kinds of stories about imaginary events and people.


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